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Statute Law (Repeals) Bill

Watch live coverage as peers debate the Statute Law (Repeals) Bill at committee stage on 12 December 2012 from 3.45pm.

The bill would reform the statute law by repealing laws which no longer have a practical use.

The enactments to be repealed were recommended by the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission.

Some of the laws for repeal date back more than two centuries, such as the Philanthropic Society's Act 1806. Others apply to former British overseas territories, such as the Calcutta and South-eastern Railway Act 1857.

The bill had its brief second reading in the Lords on 5 November 2012.

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